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to 1982. in international trade and energy policy. finish so we have a very esteemed panel to discuss what is happening with current u.s. trade negotiations. and i welcome, first, to the podium ambassador shapiro. [applause] >> i'll just have to get over that. as strategy u.s.es, as practitioners -- strategists, as practitioners, i think all of you are very familiar with the headline economic numbers, but there was some very quick review because they do provide an important context for what the administration is working to accomplish through its trade policy. of we've now seen g, the p growth for 11 -- gdp growth for 11 straight quarters. unemployment is at its lowest in five years. the private sector has added jobs every single month for nearly four years, eight and a half million in total. 600,000 of these jobs were in the manufacturing sector which is the first such increase from the 1990s. and consumer spending and real buzz investment are up significantly. -- business investment are up significantly. while we still aren't quite where we want to be, these achievements aren't taking pla
and with your ticket to mr. votes to pass the new s.t.a.r.t. treaty. energy department funding for nuclear weapons activities over the past three years is about $2 billion short and virtually every nuclear weapon life extension program is the hind schedule. the follow-on nuclear ballistic missile submarine, replacement of air launched cruise missile are both two years behind schedule, and a decision on a follow one icbm has not been made. this needs to be addressed. i also want to know your thoughts on missile defense agency plans to enhance the u.s. homeland missile defense system by improving sensor capability and developing the new kill vehicle for the ground-based interceptor. these efforts i think are essential to defending this country. general alexander, the cyber command has made strides in normalizing cyber planning and capabilities in building the cyber force of no 6000 cyber wars. i'm concerned insufficient progress has been made toward developing a strategy to deal with the growing number of complexity threats that we're facing today that we have never faced before. the status
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